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White House Announces Border Wall ... Between Colorado And New Mexico

on April 1, 2017 - 5:16pm

Courtesy photo

Staff Report

In keeping with campaign pledges made in the 2016 presidential election, the Trump Administration announced that a groundbreaking for the first stage of a border wall between the United States and Mexico would be conducted today.

In a surprise to many New Mexicans, a press release from the White House made clear that the groundbreaking ceremony would be very close-to-home for residents of the Land of Enchantment. What caused some confusion was that it would also be along the border with New Mexico and Colorado.

During a press conference Friday afternoon, White

Governor Acts On Four Bills

on April 1, 2017 - 4:29pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed House Bill 218 — Litter Control & Landscape Beautification [MESSAGE]
  • Signed House Bill 257 — Crane Operators Safety Act [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 227 — Use of Public Databases [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed House Bill 307 — Career-Technical Professional Development [MESSAGE]

State Science & Engineering Fair Underway Today

on April 1, 2017 - 12:36pm
Today 21 Los Alamos Public School students are competing at the New Mexico State Science and Engineering Fair. The local students qualified for the state fair by earning top spots atMarch 4 Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair. Judging concludes this afternoon with an awards ceremonies beginning at 6 this evening. Courtesy photo

Luján Visits LANL Today; Discusses Range Of Issues

on March 31, 2017 - 8:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) today visited Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to meet with lab employees and discuss issues of interest to the Labs.

He was briefed by LANL personnel and discussed topics including tech transfer, the Labs infrastructure and workforce needs and expanding regional capacity.

“Our nation faces a wide range of threats including environmental challenges, the emergence and spread of infectious disease, the need for increased energy independence, the spread of nuclear

Bill Safeguards Faith-Based Community Centers

on March 31, 2017 - 7:14am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Brian Mast (R-FL), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation today to increase penalties for making bomb threats, and provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security to safeguard faith-based community centers.

The bill, which already has the support of 28 other members, would provide $20 million in additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security under the existing State

Udall, Dingell Introduce CREATE Act To Stimulate Arts Businesses, Jobs In The Creative Economy

on March 31, 2017 - 6:34am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) introduced a bill to stimulate the development of arts businesses, jobs and the creative economy in New Mexico, Michigan and across the nation.
 
Recognizing the importance of the arts and cultural tourism to state economies, Udall and Dingell’s bill - the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act - would support artists, entrepreneurs and workers employed in tourism and cultural development in growing their businesses,

Balderas: Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decision Huge Victory For New Mexico Students With Disabilities

on March 31, 2017 - 6:29am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The United States Supreme Court unanimously agreed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and attorneys general from Delaware and Massachusetts, when it issued its ruling March 23 in the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case by requiring public schools to provide higher standards for students with disabilities.
 
The ruling reverses what had been the law in New Mexico, and now educational plans for students with disabilities must be designed so that students can make educational progress, rather than the

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group To Reintroduce Sportsmen’s Act

on March 30, 2017 - 10:12am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

  • Measure Provides Access To Public Lands, Protects Outdoor Traditions

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation he’s championed to enhance opportunities for hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, reauthorize key conservation programs, improve access to public lands, and help boost the outdoor recreation economy.

“The number one issue for sportsmen across the country

Los Alamos County Named Healthiest In State

on March 29, 2017 - 4:15pm

Ashley Pond. File photo

COMMUNITY News:

Washington, D.C. – Los Alamos County ranks healthiest in New Mexico, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings, released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The full list of rankings is available at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

“Los Alamos County is a great place – a community that offers something for everyone – from young families to retirees,” said U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

The County Health Rankings, a collaborative effort between

AG Balderas Announces Conscious Campus Initiative

on March 29, 2017 - 9:06am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

LAS VEGAS, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative.

The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

“I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer,” Balderas said.

Local Athletes Shine At KofC State Free Throw Contest

on March 28, 2017 - 12:17pm

2017 Northern New Mexico State Champion competitors and coaches, from left, District Deputy Harry Montoya, Lukas Ulibarri (Los Alamos), Josh Sanchez (Espanola), Adam Montoya (Espanola), Benjamin Sanchez (Los Alamos), Joshua Woodson (Los Alamos) and Los Alamos K of C Youth Coordinator Roger Anaya. Courtesy photo

2017 State Champion competitors who placed first through 3rd. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

More than 70 boys and girls ages 9-14 from around the state participated in the annual Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Contest March 18 at Bernalillo High School.

Keller Highlights State’s Risk Of Deficit Spending With 'Hot Checks' During Budget Standoff

on March 28, 2017 - 8:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Last week, State Auditor Tim Keller highlighted the risk of the State of New Mexico’s deficit spending with “hot checks” during the ongoing budget standoff.
 
A bipartisan budget was sent to the Governor but she has stated that she will reject it. Continuing without a signed budget means that the state may spend money it does not have and jeopardize its bond rating. The Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) recent audits noted that the state’s financial controls aimed at preventing deficit spending are inadequate.
 
In January, the

Court Appointed Special Advocates Needs Volunteers

on March 28, 2017 - 6:57am
CASA Executive Director Annie Rasquin and CASA volunteer Bob Martin  spoke at Kiwanis recently on the importance of the program and its desperate need for more volunteers. Photo by Don Casperson
 
 
By CHARMIAN SCHALLER
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Annie Rasquin, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in the First Judicial District, spoke at Kiwanis recently, explaining CASA's goals and asking for more volunteers from Los Alamos County to assist in the program.

Rasquin has a master's degree in social work and has spent 20 years dealing with family traumas

DPNM Rally For Governor To Sign Balanced Budget

on March 27, 2017 - 5:00pm

Democrats rally today outside a Governor Martinez event in Albuquerque calling on her to sign the state budget and protect New Mexico from harmful cuts. Courtesy/DPNM

 

DPNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) called on Gov. Susana Martinez today at a rally outside of her event in Albuquerque to sign the balanced budget.

 

The rally drew more than 50 people including DPNM Chairwoman Debra Haaland, who said, “The legislature passed a reasonable, bipartisan, and balanced budget. There is a way out of a government shutdown and harmful furloughs—sign the budget.

Supreme Court Justice Speaks To Los Alamos LWV

on March 27, 2017 - 10:26am

Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels discusses court functions and bail reform at recent Los Alamos League of Woman Voters' Lunch with a Leader talk at Mesa Public Library. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels with Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados, left, and Karyl Ann Ambruster at March's Lunch With A Leader meeting. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos League of Woman Voters members heard from Chief Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels at their March Lunch with a Leader

Museum Of Art Explores Cady Wells’ Modernist Interpretation Of The Southwest

on March 27, 2017 - 8:27am
Cady Wells, Untitled (New Mexico Landscape), 1934, watercolor on paper, 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum. Bequest of E. Boyd, 1976 (3504.23P) Photo by Blair Clark
 
NMMA News:
 
SANTA FE — Cady Wells: Ruminations presents watercolor paintings from one of the Southwest's most interesting modernists.
 
The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on March 25 and is on view through Sept. 17, 2017. A public reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m., April 7. 
 
Ruminations explores the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells
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State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols To Launch Across New Mexico Throughout April

on March 26, 2017 - 10:37am

NMSP News:
 
SANTA FE -- State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints, Saturation Patrols and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during April.
 
We are bringing awareness to this, in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities, through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families.
 
Hundreds

Udall To Oppose Gorsuch For Supreme Court

on March 26, 2017 - 8:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will vote against confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. He issued the following statement: 
 
"I have met with Judge Gorsuch, followed the hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and studied his record, and I have decided that I can't support his confirmation. 
 
"The Supreme Court changes people's lives, and its decisions stand for generations.

FBI: Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Federal And Local Law Enforcement Officers

on March 26, 2017 - 7:32am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Richard Ruiz Leyva, 36, of Las Cruces, pled guilty March 22 in Federal Court to assaulting federal and local law enforcement officers. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Leyva will be sentenced to 82 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
 
Leyva was arrested in August 2016 and charged by a criminal complaint with assaulting and resisting federally commissioned officers of the U.S.

Sen. Heinrich Celebrates 4th Anniversary Designation Of Río Grande Del Norte National Monument

on March 26, 2017 - 7:26am

Río Grande del Norte National Monument. Courtesy photo

 

STATE News:

Saturday was the fourth anniversary of the designation of Río Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico. From the tops of Cerro de la Olla and Ute Mountain, to the depths of the Rio Grande Gorge, the Río Grande del Norte is one of the most 

spectacular places on earth.

Volunteers Needed To Improve And Maintain Trails

on March 26, 2017 - 6:48am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Spring on the Santa Fe National Forest means it’s time to get out and work on trails, getting them ready for the heavy use of the summer recreation season. 
 
Volunteer opportunities are waiting for anyone interested in donating some time and a little manual labor to benefit the forest.
  • Saturday, April 15 – Work will continue on the reroute of a steep and unsustainable leg of the original Borrego Trail, which is part of the Borrego/Bear Wallow Trail. Forest staff and volunteers plan to work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29 – Forest staff and volunteers will

Try Spelling Regret Without GRT: The Martinez Administration’s ‘37’ Tax Cuts

on March 25, 2017 - 11:50pm
By RAPHAEL PACHECO, MBA
NM Voices For Children

As the 2017 regular legislative session ends, New Mexico finds itself in familiar territory—with no money in a slow-moving economy. The same tired rhetoric of no tax increases—a pledge made by Governor Susana Martinez since she has taken office—has led to deep cuts in essential services like education, public safety and health care.

Because we often hear the administration touting the 37 tax cuts made since Governor Richardson left office in 2011, obviously the executive believes we can cut our way to prosperity.

Road Closure: US 64/87 Between Clayton And Raton

on March 25, 2017 - 9:07am

NMSP News:
New Mexico State Police closed US 64/87 between Clayton and Raton for several hours Friday due to hazardous driving conditions.

It is reported that certain ares had three to four foot snowdrifts covering the roadway.

Officers and tow trucks removed stuck and stranded motorists and the New Mexico Department of Transportation cleared the roadway.

Demonstrations At White Sands Missile Range Support Trinity Downwinders April 1

on March 25, 2017 - 8:37am
CCNS News:
 
The community is invited to join the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium at two White Sands Missile Range entrances during the Trinity Site open house Saturday, April 1 to support those who have been negatively affected by radiation exposure from the first atomic test there July 16, 1945. 
 
The Army opens the Trinity Site twice a year for people from around the world to visit the radioactively contaminated site, http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx 
 
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the Consortium will gather at the Tularosa Gate, on Tulie Gate Road west of

Governor Orders Flags At Half-Staff In Honor And Mourning Of U.S. Air Force Major Andrew Becker

on March 25, 2017 - 7:55am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Governor Susana Martinez has issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, March 25, 2017 in honor and mourning of U.S. Air Force Major Andrew Becker.

Major Becker and his crewmates Capt. Kenneth Dalga and Capt. Frederick Dellecker were killed in the line of duty March 14, 2017.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-009

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF U. S. AIR FORCE MAJOR ANDREW BECKER

     WHEREAS, U.S.

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